Associates should avoid employment or outside interests that may create, or give the appearance of creating, a conflict of interest. For example, management associates working for a competitor is deemed to be a conflict. Hourly associates should check with their managers before accepting employment with a competitor to determine if a conflict exists. Factors for consideration include similarity of position and job responsibilities. Similarly, associates may not work for a supplier if they have any influence (either direct or indirect) over the supplier’s product or the supplier’s business with Walmart.